bns ormocDespite the 5.1 quake that jolted Ormoc City on 23 August, seventeen (17) more Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) completed the five-day Training on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City on 22-26 August 2017.
Evelyn Morata, 50, BNS of Limasawa, Southern Leyte expressed that she was pacified by her co- participants and the training activities provided in by the NNC facilitators. She claimed that she never felt earth shaking or experienced an earthquake in her entire life. RNPC Dr. Dotollo rushed in to do a psychosocial intervention after the earthquake occurred on Tuesday and assured of a very productive training-workshop ahead.

RNC meeting1The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) VIII convenes a meeting for the first time to tackle issues and concerns on nutrition program implementation in the region on 22 August 2017 at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City.

One of the main agenda of the meeting is the presentation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 which was discussed intensively by the NNC VIII RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo. This was subsequently endorsed by the Committee for adoption by the Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee (RDC-SDC) during its Third Quarter Meeting in September 2017.

RNC Chairperson and Department of Health (DOH) VIII Regional Director Minerva P. Molon said that the endorsement of the plan to the regional level will convey more stakeholders and agencies to support and implement the nutrition programs which aimed at reducing malnutrition and eventually contribute to the country’s commitment on sustainable development goals (SDG) particularly SDG number 2.

fns-newsTo address and prevent undernutrition and food insecurity, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII expands its new area for the Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS) in Palompon, Leyte. This was initially opened with a consultative workshop participated in by the members of the Palompon Municipal Nutrition Committee on 8-9 August 2017 at the NGCP Hall, Palompon Municipal Hall in Palompon, Leyte.

Various regional agencies including the NNC Central Office were invited as resource persons during the consultative workshop to include: Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Mario A. Peñaranda; Department of Health (DOH), Nutritionist Dietitian, Ms. Felecita R. Borata; Department of Agriculture (DA), Information Officer III, Ms. Ma. Christina E. Colasito, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), OIC-Provincial Coconut Development Manager,Mr. Jaime M. Nuñez; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Training Specialist, Ms. Leodelyn Conejos; Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Statistical Analyst, Mr. Jonas A. Repulda; and NNC Nutrition Officer II, Ms. Alona E. Teo as the main facilitator during the workshop.


BForumTo celebrate the 2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office VIII in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Leyte conducts a Breastfeeding Forum on 15 August 2017 at the Palo Municipal Hall in Palo, Leyte.

The forum was well participated in by lactating/breastfeeding mothers from the different barangays of Palo, Leyte. Pursuant to Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, August of every year is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.This year’s theme is “Ugnayan: One Community Promoting, Supporting and Protecting Breastfeeding”. This observance aims to raise public awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in the country.

In his message, NO III Niño Archie S. Labordo of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII relates the theme on the importance of being one in advocacy and support in the breastfeeding practices for a healthier and smarter community. This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of placing breastfeeding as a norm in the community. 

The sustenance of breastfeeding practices in the country cannot be done without the strong support of development partners, local government units, advocates, activists and leaders. Uganayan, to connect or joint with is one of the most effective strategies to invest our children for the future, NO III Labordo added.

nm culmiTACLOBAN CITY -- "A Barangay Nutrition Scholar Day and Awarding Ceremony" culminated the month-long celebration activities of the 43rd Nutrition Month held at the Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Center, here on July 27, 2017.

Lydia C. Nuñez, president of Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA BNS) Inc., headed a following of 63 Barangay Nutrition Scholars--five each from the provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and Southern Leyte, 25 from the host province of Leyte; and five each from the seven cities in Region 8 to the one-day gathering studded with serious and fun activities.

National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) Regional Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. in his welcome message called the congregation a powerful workhorse and warriors in the barangay against malnutrition. This is your day! and my challenge is for you to put your heart in providing voluntary service and to continue being the front-line warriors on nutrition, he said.

sALCEDOAttended in by the active members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC), the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Salcedo, Eastern Samar conducted a 3-day Municipal Nutrition Planning Workshop on 9-11 August 2017 at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
Salcedo a coastal municipality in Eastern Samar has a population of 23,872 as of 2017 is pushing to reduce malnutrition lower than the World Health Organization (WHO) cut-off values for public health significance. The MNC aims to achieve the following: underweight from 7% in 2017 to 5% in 2020, wasted from 3.5% in 2017 to 2% in 2020, stunted from 18.4% in 2017 to 15% in 2020, and obesity from 4.57% in 2017 to 3% in 2020. 

Municipal Mayor, Atty. Melchor Llego Mergal and Dr. Ma. Socorro S. Campo, the Municipal Health Officer of Salcedo has prioritized health across all ages especially on health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Campo said that being a top performer municipality in health governance, the LGU would like to sustain its effectiveness in implementing local health programs.